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High School Sports

  • Girls basketball: FLHS' Rivera finishes career at all-star game

    GREELEY -- Most basketball players are happy to be involved in one all-star game, particularly if they are about to graduate from high school.

    And then there’s the case of Fort Lupton’s Hilda Rivera. She got a chance to play in a pair of all-star games, one in Thornton (a Colorado 7 all-star affair March 11 in Thornton and the all-Weld County game March 12 in Greeley.

  • Howard makes the college plunge, chooses McPherson

     It’s his senior year of high school, and Dusty Howard of Fort Lupton has a few things left on his plate before commencement in the spring.

    One is his senior year of high-school baseball. It starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, when the Bluedevils host Platte Valley.

    One item not on his plate is a choice of college. Howard opted for McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. He made a commitment last week, and he’ll make it official with a letter signing ceremony later this spring.

  • 'I know hard work pays off'

     PUEBLO – This story starts at the end.

    Former Prairie View multisport athlete RJ Ramirez won the 60-meter dash in 6.87 seconds at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track-and-field meet late last month. He also earned first-team, all-RMAC honors.

    Ramirez, who is a sophomore at Colorado State Pueblo, almost didn’t make it to the track team, much less the podium. He’s had some stomach issues in 2017 that are under control. He also tore an ACL in 2016.

  • Ravens outlast Bluedevils en route to first state playoff berth

     It wasn’t always pretty, but the Riverdale Ridge Ravens survived a rockfight with the Fort Lupton Bluedevils 39-34 Feb. 21 to advance to the Colorado 8/Confluence League district semifinal and automatically qualify for the 3A state playoffs in their first year as a program. 

    RRHS travels to St. Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs for a first-round game Friday, March 1. Tip time is 7 p.m.

  • Live by the three ... die by the three

     A three saved their season. No. 3 gave them life, and a three ended it all. 

    The Fort Lupton Bluedevils lost a heartbreaking battle to Denver School of Science and Technology-Green Valley Ranch Feb. 21 after freshman guard Luke Williams hit a three in the final seconds to defeat the Bluedevils, 76-75 in overtime. 

    The game-winning shot, nearly the third buzzer-beating shot in the game, was the final dagger thrown in an intense, back-and-forth battle between the two teams. 

  • Girls basketball: Ravens bring FLHS season to a close in district round

     “I think all year long, (this team) never stopped. They continued to play all the way through, they never quit. Their effort has been there all year long from each and every one of them.”

    The relentlessness of the Lady Bluedevils, praised by their coach, Ken Shew, was on full display Feb. 21 as they battled the playoffs-bound Riverdale Ridge Ravens down to the wire in a season-ending loss, 39-34. 

  • Spartans put an end to Frederick’s boys basketball season

     LAKEWOOD –The Frederick boys’ basketball team saw its impressive season come to an end at the hands of a tough Thomas Jefferson squad in the first round of the 2019 Class 4A CHSAA basketball tournament. 

    A year removed from a one-win season, the Warriors’ squad improved enough to make the state tournament. But they couldn’t get past the Spartans’ suffocating defense, losing 59-32 Feb. 20. 

  • FLHS basketball teams a win away from state tournament

    Both of Fort Lupton's basketball teams won their opening-round games in the class 3A Confluence/Colorado 8 district tournament Feb. 19, which means both are a win away from the state 3A basketball tournament.

    The girls team upset Strive Prep 39-35 in Denver. The Bluedevils face Riverdale Ridge in a semifinal game that starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at DSST-Green Valley Ranch, 4800 Telluride St. The winner earns a state tournament slot.

  • Frederick's Hoffman gets to state 4A wrestling tournament

    MEAD – Frederick's Cole Hoffman qualified for this week's state 4A wrestling tournament.

    Hoffman, who takes a 25-12 record to the state meet, took third at the regional tournament at Mead High School over the weekend. He lost in the quarterfinals, then won four matches in a row to earn his spot at state.

    Hoffman, who is a senior, will take on Jason Pollard of Central Grand Junction in the opening round.

  • FLHS to take two to state wrestling tourney

    KERSEY – Two Fort Lupton High School wrestlers advanced to the state 3A wrestling tournament over the weekend.

    The two were Koby Galicia, at 160 pounds, at AJ Garcia, at 170 pounds. Both took fourth place at the regional tournament at Platte Valley Middle School.

    Galcia faces Eagle Valley's Noah Baldwin in the first round. Garcia takes on Eato's Ty Garnhart.

    The first round begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Pepsi Center. The finals are at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.